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city guides in my language

October 11, 2010

you know when you’re planning a road trip or vacation to a place you’ve never been – you don’t want to map everything out because that takes out the element of exploration. yet there’s a part of you that feels compelled to research ahead of time for any potential points of awesome just so you don’t miss out. you know, like festivals or farmer’s markets or used bookstores that might be infamous in that area that had you not discovered before you went and made certain you had time to see you would want to kick your left foot for missing out on afterwards? but who do you trust? who is really offering awesome and who is just offering you ideas that locals see as the definition of lame?

enter one of my new favorite resources: design*sponge city guides. these guides have been around for a while, so yall might already know about them, but i just discovered them last june when planning a trip to ireland. they are guides to cities all around the world written and compiled by people who love art, design, books, music and exploring creativity in food and style. they look at places in the US – portland, manhattan, seattle, houston, charleston, and san francisco to name a few – and places internationally – like vancouver, beijing, amsterdam, mumbai, brussels, and london – and offer ideas for places to eat, districts to explore, places to stay, shops to visit, the must-see stuff, the off-the beaten path stuff, the locals recommended stuff…all the good stuff. a definite reference for all of my future city explorations. i don’t think they can beat discovering hidden gems on your own but it’s a great starting point for trip plans. plus how great are these city illustrations?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    October 12, 2010 2:07 pm

    Already printed off the info on Portland – May will be here before you know it – maybe a birthday trip – what do you think?

  2. jtharp permalink
    October 14, 2010 11:36 pm

    Great find, Kee! And those are neat illustrations!

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